Can Dogs Drink Coconut Milk? Is Coconut Milk Safe for Dogs?

Coconut milk is a popular dairy alternative that comes packed with a host of vitamins and minerals that offer value to the average person’s daily diet. It can be used anywhere cow’s milk can be used without altering the dish enough to change its overall flavor profile. Some coconut milk products are thin like fat-free cow’s milk is. Others are thicker, like whole milk. Still, others come in cans and are so thick that they are not drinkable – they are to be used in smoothies, curry soups, and other recipes that are thick and creamy.

No matter what kind of coconut milk you enjoy indulging in, you may be wondering whether your dog can enjoy some, too. If your pooch is like most, they are naturally attracted to this delicious and healthy food. But is it good for dogs like it is for humans? The short answer is yes, but there are some caveats to consider.

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Dogs Can Have Coconut Milk, But…

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Dogs can enjoy a small serving of coconut milk occasionally, as it can provide them with some extra nutrients that will help round out their daily diets. They can benefit from vitamin C, magnesium, fiber, iron, selenium, and other vital nutrients that are lurking in coconut milk. These extra nutrients can help your furry pal fight off disease and can offer some extra immune support.

However, too much coconut milk can give your pooch an upset belly and negatively affect their digestive system. Some commercial coconut milk products contain added ingredients like sweeteners and even artificial flavors. It is best to avoid these options when choosing a coconut milk product to give your dog. Stick with options that include no added sweeteners or fillers. All coconut milk products are preserved, so look for one that uses a natural option like mixed tocopherols or vitamin E.

Like regular milk, coconut milk is fatty, which can lead to the development of obesity as time goes on. Therefore, dogs should not enjoy more than a ¼ cup or so of coconut milk at any given time. As well, coconut milk should not be a daily offering. It should be reserved for special occasions, like birthdays and lazy Sundays when the whole family gets to spend quality time together.Divider 4

Some Serving Suggestions

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It is not necessary to serve your dog any coconut milk. But if you decide to, you may be interested in some of the serving suggestions that follow:

Serving suggestions
  • A “Sometimes” Doggy Smoothie – Occasionally, blend ¼ cup of coconut milk, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and half of a banana up. Then, pour it into their food dish.
  • Some Doggy Biscuits – Blend 2 tablespoons of coconut milk, ½ teaspoon of turmeric, ½ a carrot, and ½ cup of oats together in a blender or food processor. Then pour the blended mixture into a bowl and add ½ cup of whole wheat flour along with ¼ cup of shredded chicken or ground beef to the bowl. Mix everything with your hands until it becomes a dough, then roll small pieces of dough into balls until all the dough is used up. Bake the balls in the oven heated to 275ºF for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Frozen Pops – Whisk 1 cup each of coconut milk and chicken or beef broth together until well combined. Then fill some ice cube trays up with the mixture and put the trays in the freezer. A freeze pop can be offered on hot summer days or after some strenuous exercise.

You can always just pour some coconut milk into a bowl and offer it to your pooch as is. They are sure to enjoy coconut milk in any form that you offer it to them.Divider 7

What Do You Think?

Now that you have some insight into whether feeding your dog some coconut milk is safe, and you have some serving ideas to ponder, how do you feel about giving your dog this creamy treat? Do you have any serving suggestions to recommend? Are you against feeding coconut milk to dogs? Get involved in our community and let us know what you think in our comments section below.


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